THE FLATS - All eighteen of Georgia Tech's Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball games, as well as five of its non-conference contests, will be televised during the upcoming 2017-18 season. The ACC announced conference schedules and television coverage for all 15 basketball programs on Thursday.
Reflecting the rising interest in the Yellow Jackets in their second season under head coach Josh Pastner, thirteen of Tech's games will be televised on one of the ESPN networks, including all four of the Jackets' non-conference games against major conference opponents.
Tech's season opener against UCLA will air on ESPN from Shanghai, China at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Nov. 10, while its Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup against Northwestern at McCamish Pavilion will appear on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 28. The Bruins are ranked No. 14 in ESPN's "Way Too Early" pre-season top 25, while the Wildcats are No. 20. The Yellow Jackets' Dec. 3 home game against Tennessee (6 p.m.) and their Dec. 19 contest at Georgia (9 p.m.) will air on ESPNU.
"As usual, we have a very tough schedule, both in the non-conference portion and in the Atlantic Coast Conference," said head coach Josh Pastner, entering his second season on The Flats after taking the Yellow Jackets to 21 victories and the championship game of the NIT last year. "It's going to be challenging, with many great opponents. As always, we'll need to be perfect in our energy, effort and execution in order for us to have success, especially with this type of schedule.
"The exposure is very important. Every one of our ACC games will be televised. But for us to get exposure on the wider range, for everyone to see the Georgia Tech brand, it's a special thing. It's important that we play well and win those games as well."
Five ACC teams appear in the ESPN "Way Too Early" top 25, and the Yellow Jackets will four games against them in their first six games in the conference schedule. Tech opens ACC play on the road at No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 30, on ESPN2 at a time to be announced.
The Yellow Jackets then come home for three straight games, first against No. 11 Miami on Jan. 3 (RSN). Tech then hosts Yale, the final addition to the Jackets' non-conference slate, on Saturday, Jan. 6, in a game to be televised on the ACC Network. The Jackets then face the Fighting Irish for the second time in 11 days with an ESPNU-televised game at McCamish Pavilion on Jan. 10.
Tech plays three of its next four on the road, first visiting Pittsburgh on Jan. 13 (ACC Network). The Jackets then face the first of two Thursday-Saturday sequences, hosting Virginia on Jan. 18 before traveling to defending national champion North Carolina on Jan. 20 (ESPN or ESPN2). Tech visits Florida State on Jan. 24 (RSN), then finishes the month of January at home against Clemson on Sunday, Jan. 28 (ESPNU) and Syracuse on Jan. 31 (ACC Network).
To begin the month of February, Tech goes back on the road for games at Boston College Feb. 4 (ESPNU) and No. 6 Louisville Feb. 8 (ESPN2), then returns home for a Sunday evening tilt against No. 1 Duke on Feb. 11 (ESPNU). A visit to Wake Forest on Feb. 14 (RSN) and a home game against Virginia Tech on Saturday, Feb. 17 (ESPN or ESPN2) follows, and the Yellow Jackets close out the month with road games at Virginia Feb. 21 (ESPN2) and Clemson (ACC Network).
Tech finishes the regular season with its second Thursday-Saturday turnaround against NC State on March 1 (ACC Network) and Wake Forest on March 3 (RSN), both games at McCamish Pavilion. The ACC Tournament is March 6-10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tip times for the balance of Tech's non-conference games will be announced in the next few weeks. All remaining games not chosen by one of the ACC's television partners will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra, available online and through the ESPN app.
The Yellow Jackets return their top three scorers -- sophomore guard Josh Okogie, senior center Ben Lammers and senior guard Tadric Jackson -- from a team which surpassed all pre-season projections by winning 21 games and advancing all the way to the championship game of the NIT. Along the way, the Jackets knocked off No. 9 North Carolina, the eventual national champion, No. 6 Florida State and No. 14 Notre Dame, as well as Boston College, Clemson, Pittsburgh and Syracuse in conference play.
Lammers, who ranked No. 2 in the nation in blocked shots and No. 4 in the ACC in rebounding, earned second-team All-ACC honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Okogie, who accumulated the third-most points of any Tech freshman in program history, was named to the ACC All-Freshman team and to the USA Basketball U19 team that won a bronze medal in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo, Egypt in early July.
Season ticket packages for the Yellow Jackets' sixth season in McCamish Pavilion start at less than $20 per game. Purchasing season tickets guarantee patrons the lowest price per game for all home games.
Season ticket holder benefits include the exclusive ticket exchange program, an exclusive season ticket holder event with Coach Pastner and the team, complimentary guest tickets to a non-conference game (game TBD) and more.
■ Nine of Tech's ACC games and four of its non-conference games, will be televised nationally on one of the ESPN networks. Seven games will appear on the ACC Network (syndicated network of over-the-air stations in the ACC footprint), including the Jackets' non-conference game against Yale. Three games will be televised on the ACC's regional cable network (including Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast in Georgia.
■ Tech appears four times on the ESPNU Sunday package, including Dec. 3 against Tennessee, Jan. 28 against Clemson, Feb. 4 at Boston College and Feb. 11 against Duke.
■ Including both conference and non-conference foes, Georgia Tech will have 11 games during the regular season against teams that played in the NCAA Championship last season, and four against teams that played in the NIT.
■ ESPN's "Way-Too-Early" top 25 rankings include Duke (1), Louisville (6), Miami (11), North Carolina (13) and Notre Dame (21) in the ACC, as well as UCLA (14) and Northwestern (20).
■ Tech opens its ACC schedule at Notre Dame for the second time in three years. Tech finishes the regular season against Wake Forest for the first time since 2011-12.
■ Tech does not have more than two consecutive home ACC games, nor more than two consecutive road ACC games.
■ Tech plays home-and-away series with Virginia and Wake Forest, as well as its annual home-and-away partners Clemson and Notre Dame.
■ The Jackets will not play on a Monday for the second year in a row after having three Monday games in the 2014-15 season.
■ Tech is not playing in a Thanksgiving-week or early-season tournament again this year, but its four home games against Bethune-Cookman, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, North Texas and Grambling are part of an NCAA-exempt multi-team event called the Ramblin' Wreck Showcase.
■ Tech is 12-7 in road games at non-Power 5 conference venues since the 2001-02 season, and the Yellow Jackets will visit Wofford on Dec. 6. That is the final game of a three-game series, the first two of which were played at McCamish Pavilion.
■ Among its non-conference opponents, Tech has faced Tennessee (71 times) more than anyone except Georgia (193 times), Auburn (114 times) and Vanderbilt (73 times). The Yellow Jackets are facing Wright State and Coppin State for the first time, Texas-Rio Grande Valley for the first time since 1975, and Yale for the first time since 1973.
2017-18 GEORGIA TECH MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
|Nov. 2||Thu.||FAULKNER (exhibition)|
|Nov. 10||Fri||vs. UCLA (Shanghai, China)||ESPN||11:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 22||Wed.||TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY|
|Nov. 24||Fri||NORTH TEXAS|
|Nov. 28||Tue.||NORTHWESTERN (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)||ESPN2||7:15 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||Fri||GRAMBLING STATE|
|Dec. 3||Sun.||TENNESSEE.||ESPNU||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 6||Wed.||at Wofford|
|Dec. 17||Sun.||FLORIDA A&M|
|Dec. 19||Tue.||at Georgia||ESPNU||9 p.m.|
|Dec. 22||Fri||WRIGHT STATE|
|Dec. 27||Wed.||COPPIN STATE|
|Dec. 30||Sat.||at Notre Dame||ESPN2||tba|
|Jan. 3||Wed.||MIAMI||RSN.||9 p.m.|
|Jan. 6||Sat.||YALE||ACC Network.||TBA|
|Jan. 10||Wed.||NOTRE DAME||ESPNU||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 13||Sat.||at Pittsburgh||ACC Network||2 p.m.|
|Jan. 18||Thu.||VIRGINIA||ACC Network||8 p.m.|
|Jan. 20||Sat.||at North Carolina.||ESPN or ESPN2||2 p.m.|
|Jan. 24||Wed.||at Florida State||RSN||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 28||Sun.||CLEMSON||ESPNU||6 p.m.|
|Jan. 31||Wed.||SYRACUSE||ACC Network||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 4||Sun.||at Boston College||ESPNU||12 p.m.|
|Feb. 8||Thu.||at Louisville||ESPN2||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 11||Sun.||DUKE||ESPNU||6 p.m.|
|Feb. 14||Wed.||at Wake Forest||RSN||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 17||Sat.||VIRGINIA TECH||ESPN or ESPN2||12 p.m.|
|Feb. 21||Wed.||at Virginia||ESPN2||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 24||Sat.||at Clemson||ACC Network||3 p.m.|
|Mar. 1||Thu.||NC STATE||ACC Network||8 p.m.|
|Mar. 3||Sat.||WAKE FOREST||ACC Network||12 p.m.|
|Mar. 6-10||Tue.-Sat.||ACC Tournament (Brooklyn, N.Y.).||ACC Network/ESPN networks|
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